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Poster: Nortonius Date: May 29, 2014 5:23am
Forum: forums Subject: Re: Archive dates for .pdf

Thank you very much for taking the trouble to answer my query. But it seems a fairly basic issue for referencing, that isn't spelled out anywhere: surely it should be? For example, in the FAQs it says that the 'Wayback Machine is built so that it can be used and referenced': how can you do that, when a date is not always apparent? Cheers.

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Poster: loenstock Date: May 29, 2014 12:56pm
Forum: forums Subject: Re: Archive dates for .pdf

Well, the date seems to me fairly transparent but if you can think of an improvement, you could probably send your suggestion directly to the Internet Archive staff at info@archive.org

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Poster: Nortonius Date: May 29, 2014 3:49pm
Forum: forums Subject: Re: Archive dates for .pdf

You mean the numbers in the archive url are transparent? Well, I don't really have you and me here and now in mind: it took me about a week of occasional head-scratching before I first posted here to spot that pattern of numbers, and I'm no programmer, but I've been around a while and I eventually noticed that the numbers were there for those who look. Really, I'm thinking of the formal process of referencing: if a date isn't explicit, then it's effectively guesswork and all but worthless; just a sentence in the FAQs would fix that. Then there are those who have no clue about creating a web archive, but rely on the resource for research in other useful areas...! Sorry to go on, I just wanted to clarify why it bothers me – thanks very much for the tip, very kind of you, I'll see what the staff have to say. Cheers.